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London, UK: People, politics and Global Health; Actions to change the approach (30 Mar - 4 Apr 09)

United Kingdom

Mon, 03/30/2009 to Sat, 04/04/2009

London IPHU Announcement IPHU and PHM UK are pleased to announced 'People, politics and Global Health; Actions to change the approach', a six day short course for health activists, scheduled for London, 30th March to 4th April, 2009. Keep these dates clear! IPHU aims to contribute to achieving Health For All by strengthening the people's health movement by providing learning opportunities which are well targetted and address priority learning needs and which are well designed and presented.

Announcement Brochure Download Announcement Brochure here and distribute it far and wide across your networks! Contact: Application to participate in the London IPHU Course Download the application form here and send it to This course in non-residential, and there are no scholarships to assist participants with funding for travel or accommodation. Further queries should be addressed to and objectives for this course The London IPHU will address all of the 'standard' objectives of other IPHU courses, (see)Preparation Participants should come prepared:

  • to describe in some detail an activist project or campaign or movement that they have been directly involved in; to describe in sufficient detail for the strategies, theories and skills of practice to be evident; and
  • to provide an overall assessment of the health challenges in their country and the status and prospects for PHM.

Prospective students should visit the IPHU website and review all of the pages linked from the Library Page (which form the core of the material for formal presentation and discussion). Students should come prepared to comment on the implications for their own countries of the material covered in the different topics. For example:

  • what is the extent of brain drain and what is being done about it?
  • what is the role of the WB and IMF in health sector reform?
  • what are the implications of the WTO (eg GATS)?
  • what is the role of the GFATM in own country; access to medicines?

The program for all of fthe IPHU Short Courses is based on the People's Charter for Health (PCH). We will explore the meaning of the PCH; analyse the challenges it presents and develop resources and strategies for the struggle for Health For All. Participants should ensure that they are very familar with the Charter. Try the PCH Quiz as a way of working systematically through the PCH and reflecting upon what we need to know in order to realise the vision. Activities The courses involve: lectures, small group discussions, debates, workshops and field trips. Resource materials will take the form of hard copy readings, lecture notes and websites. More detail regarding the activities which comprise the IPHU course Academic accreditation IPHU short course participants who are enrolled in an MPH and request accreditation of their training as part of their MPH will be required to submit assignments for assessment and will be provided with formal certification regarding the standard of the program and of their achievement. More details.